Fall 2021 - HUM 318 D100

Heroines in Greece and Beyond: Political Representations of Women in Film and Literature (4)

Class Number: 4455

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Mo 2:30 PM – 5:20 PM
    WMC 2501, Burnaby

  • Prerequisites:

    45 units.



Examines the impact of national and political contexts upon individual women, their personal histories, political engagement, memories and identities. Traces archetypes of women from the Greek world into different contexts. Students with credit for HS 318 or GSWS 318 or HS 303 under the title "Political Representations of Women in Film and Literature" may not take this course for further credit.


Léo Caillard. Hipster in Stone III, 2017.

Image by Léo Caillard, retrieved from https://www.leocaillard.com/artworks.html

Examines the impact of national and political contexts upon individual women; their personal histories, political engagement, memories and identities. The course begins by examining archetypes of women in the ancient Greek world before moving onto providing reflections on past and present representations of women in a wider range of writings and films produced in Europe, the Balkans, North America and Latin America. The objective of the course is to analyze themes and theories relevant to the stories of these women so as to reflect on the specific social contexts and the prevailing cultural and gender norms. It will offer a critical analysis on the continuities and discontinuities of women’s representations while reflecting on post/modernity, gender, politics, philosophy, theory and broader contemporary debates.


  • Participation 12%
  • Presentation 12%
  • Quizzes 30%
  • Portfolio 46%



  • Whitehead, Stephen. Talahite, Anissa. Moodley, Roy. Gender and identity; key themes and new directions. Oxford University Press, 2013. ISBN 978-0195444902 (e-version available at https://www.vitalsource.com/en-ca/)


  • Archer Mann, Susan. Doing feminist theory; from modernity to postmodernity. Oxford University Press, 2012.
  • Campbell, Lara. Myers, Tamara. Perry, Adele. eds. Rethinking Canada: the promise of women’s history. Don Mills, Ontario: Oxford University Press, 2016.

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